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A look back at Kasey Kahne's third career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in Sunday's Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway including news, notes and observations by RacingOne's own Pete Pistone and Jeff Wackerlin.

Inside Line
Kasey Kahne scored his second NEXTEL Cup Series win of the season on Sunday when he beat Matt Kenseth by 5.2-second to score the victory in the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Keys to Victory Lane
Kahne's pit crew got him off pit road first on the race's final caution flag and with 14 laps to go, the third-year driver pulled away on the restart to go on to his third career NEXTEL Cup Series win.

Zero to Hero
Tony Stewart had a horrible qualifying session and started 40th, but rallied back to dominate the middle stages of the race before falling back to finish third.

Hero to Zero
Greg Biffle, with some help from Kurt Busch, dominated the first part of the race and looked like he was on his way to a repeat Texas win before Kurt Busch made contact with the rear of his car, sending the Roush racing into the third turn wall and to a 42nd-place finish.

Notables
Denny Hamlin finished fourth in the Joe Gibbs Racing FedEx Chevy to lead the rookie class. Kevin Harvick came from 24th starting spot to finish fifth. Bobby Labonte continued his turnaround for Petty Enterprises brining home the Cheerios Dodge to a tenth place finish.

Rookie of the Race
Hamlin was the cream of Sunday's impressive freshman class with a fourth place finish. Martin Truex, Jr. put two rookies in the Top 10 with an eight place run. And Reed Sorenson finished 13th in the Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge.

Outside Looking In
Unfortunately for Jeremy Mayfield, he fell down in the standings and is now outside the Top 35. Of the regulars, that puts Scott Wimmer, Tony Raines, Travis Kvapil and Brent Sherman also on the outside looking in when the series hits Phoenix in two weeks.

Pit Stops
  • Kasey Kahne captured his third career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in his 79th start and first at Texas Motor Speedway. The win was also his second finish of second or better in four starts at TMS. Detailed Active Driver Wins
  • Kahne won the ninth race - first at TMS - for car owner Ray Evernham. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
  • Kahne became the first driver to win at LVMS from the front row. He became the 209th driver overall to win a race from the pole. Starting Position Facts
  • Kahne led five times for 64 laps. Tony Stewart led the most with 99. Lap Summary
  • Kahne has now given Dodge two of their three wins in 2006. It was also the 190 overall win for Dodge. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
  • Matt Kenseth captured his third top-five finish at Texas with his second-place finish. Kenseth also started from the rear of the field after making an engine change.
  • Stewart's third-place finish was his best at TMS in nine starts.
  • Denny Hamlin (fourth) posted his first top five of 2006 and second consecutive top 10 at TMS.
  • Kevin Harvick's fifth-place finish was his best at TMS in seven starts. His last top 10 at the 1.5-mile speedway came in his rookie season in 2001.
  • Jeff Burton (sixth) finished in the top 10 at TMS for the first time since 2000 when he finished second.
  • Scott Riggs' seventh-place finish was his first top 10 at TMS and best finish of 2006.
  • Martin Truex Jr. posted his first top 10 of the season with his eighth-place finish.
  • Mark Martin (ninth) captured his sixth top 10 in 11 starts at TMS.
  • Bobby Labonte broke six race string at TMS of finishes of 26th or worse with his 10th-place finish.
  • The 334-lap race saw 22 lead changes among 12 drivers and an average speed of 137.943 mph.
  • Nine caution flags were thrown for 43 laps.
  • Today's Samsung/RadioShack 500 lasted 3 hours, 37 minutes, 55 seconds.

    Lug Nuts
  • Well, well, well, look who is back in the doghouse. None other than Kurt Busch. At lap 92 of a 500 mile race, Busch had no reason to be as close to Biffle as he was, simple as that.
  • The NASCAR marketing gurus certainly must be thinking about a "Girls Gone Wild" DVD after Busch's fiancée and Biffle's girlfriend exchanged pleasantries.
  • Maybe Dale Jarrett should try driving the truck. Couldn't hurt.
  • Has there been a lamer command to start engines ever than President Bush's videotaped edition on Sunday?
  • Mr. Bush has thrown out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game and given the command to start engines at a NASCAR race this week. Don't you think he has more important things to tend to?
  • Has anyone had a more disappointing season than Ryan Newman so far?
  • Maybe Carl Edwards would have something to say about that.
  • Edwards must have lost his lucky charm during one of last season's backflips.
  • Jamie McMurray must have made Jack Roush mad somehow. Why else would he be getting such bad equipment?

    Garage Talk
    "I’m pretty sure Sterling Marlin’s hair piece just got in his eyes and he couldn’t see what was going on." -Ryan Newman

    "I don’t know what he (Greg Biffle) was doing. I was a lapped car trying to get out of the way. He had trouble passing the 21, and he checked up down the straightaway. I tried not to get into him. I had nowhere to go." -Kurt Busch

    "I was just telling him how I was glad he was still back out there after he got wrecked earlier." -Tony Stewart on his on track hand signal to teammate J.J. Yeley

    "It was a hot day. The air conditioner and the fan that blows to my helmet quit before half-way, so it was a pretty warm day." -Tony Stewart

    "I don’t that we voluntarily spearheaded it. We represent the Dodge Dealers and the Dodge Dealers sell the Dodge Chargers. That’s our choice of car, but I’ve relied heavily on what Kenny and the rest of our engineering staff tells us." -Ray Evernham on sticking with the Dodge Charger.

    "It's not really a fun day when the car is tight all afternoon like we were. I just couldn't drive it. But, if that's a bad day for us - 500 miles of struggling - and we still finished 12th, that ain't too bad I guess." -Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    Media Center
  • Kasey Kahne talks about his pass of Tony Stewart. Listen
  • Kahne talks about the fact that all three wins in his career have come from the pole. Listen
  • Ray Evernham says the team structure has paid dividends. Listen
  • Matt Kenseth talks about his second place run. Listen

    RacingOne Rating
    On a scale of one to ten Texas ten gallon hats, we'll give Sunday's Samsung/Radio Shack 500 a seven. Lets face it, Texas is a great facility and they pack 'em in, but on a whole most races at TMS drag on. As we saw with Carl Edwards' crash, it's tough to race side-by-side at Texas. Now we get the second weekend off of the season to celebrate Easter before going under the lights in Phoenix on April 22nd.
    
            
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